Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Supervision".

 
Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Larjava, Hannu Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Shen, Ya Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Almeida, Fernanda Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Marshall, Christopher Warren Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Asselin, Edouard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Shariff, Azim Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Sly, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics

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    Reaching Out Tips

    Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

    Check requirements
    • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
    • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
    Focus your search
    • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
    • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
      • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
      • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
    Make a good impression
    • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
      • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
      • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
    • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
    • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
    • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
      • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
      • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
    • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.